EAST LOS ANGELES –– A 29-year-old man was fatally shot early this morning by sheriff’s deputies when he allegedly tried to reach for his weapon during a traffic stop.
The shooting near Ferris Avenue and Whittier Boulevard took place after 4 a.m. when police investigating a stolen vehicle conducted a traffic stop, according to a statement issued by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. A struggle began between the deputies and one of the passengers in the front seat, who officials said had become combative and was attempting to retrieve his weapon. After refusing to heed orders stop reaching for his weapon, the passenger, described as a male Latino, was shot by deputies. The man was declared dead at the scene.
A 22-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene and two additional occupants of the vehicle were detained. The deputies were not injured during the incident.
EGP News reported that a four-block stretch of Whittier Boulevard was closed this morning during the investigation.
The shooting prompted separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. No other details were made available.
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